AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS attended Connections Digital
Creative directors, art directors, print, digital, art and content producers are invited to attend this virtual event.
CONNECTIONS Midwest - November 16, 2020
APA hosted: Reflection & Action. A conversation with Tiffany Person, Director of Empathy, David&Goliath, Oriel Davis-Lyons, Found One School, and Tahira White, COO, 19th& Park. Moderated by APA Chicago board member, Martine Severin.
At the booth Brooke Hummer, Martine Severin, Kourtney Sellers, Juliette Wolf-Robin
Creative Projects presented: Lisa Predko, Andreas Endregaard
CONNECTIONS New York - January 28, 2021
At the booth Travis Keyes, Claudia Paul, Jeremy Lips, Juliette Wolf-Robin
Video shown of APA NY Board members
Creative Projects presented: Beth Galton, Steven Irby
CONNECTIONS WEST- MAY 6, 2021
At the booth Lisa Vortman (APA San Francisco) Gary Allard (APA San Diego) Christopher Malcom (APA Los Angeles), Juliette Wolf-Robin (APA National)
Our Creative Projects up for Judging at CONNECTIONS WEST
Nitashia Johnson - The Self Publication is a photographic book series full of personal essays designed to uplift and combat the harsh stereotypes associated with members of the black community. The solo project was created in 2016 as a multimedia artist, Nitashia used her design and photography skills to bring this project to life. To complement the printed work, a filmed video for the project titled “Little Black Girl” and other videos are also available. She also created the project to analyze the role of media representation and to expose colorism. According to studies, some stereotypes have been activated so frequently (for example, through media exposure) that associated responses can begin to occur unconsciously. Regardless of whether individuals choose to accept a stereotype, if they simply do not consciously recognize and analyze the representations being offered, then such images can influence the ways that they perceive and interact with the groups being stereotyped—for instance, African American women.
Todd Baxter - Project Astoria is non-ironic, non-judgemental study of attempt and failure. It accepts as its premise the human inclination toward “the ideal” — or at least betterment — as a functional part of the human condition, one that is a viable and valuable catalyst for transcendence and that could propel us toward a multitude of unknown outcomes. Though these outcomes can be qualified, the inclination itself is neither good nor bad. The sweet sadness of the images is a eulogy to humanity’s great idealistic endeavours and their outcomes. They are not hopeful, but neither are they hopeless. Instead, there is a quality of nostalgia and quietude, and a lack of urgency. On the surface, the images are a sort of anthropological glimpse into the people, animals, and objects of a failed late-1960s attempt to colonize an Earth-like moon and transform it into a utopia. The images pick up with the multi-national colonists 15 years after they embarked on their journey. Earth has all but abandoned the utopian colonization effort, and while the first generation of Astorian youth are ascending into adulthood, the project infrastructure has fallen into a state of disrepair. The images follow the teens as they navigate the tangled world of adolescence only to be thrust into adulthood at the very moment Project Astoria is coming undone.